I saw this lookout on a map and thought it might be worth a look.
Driving along from Cooroy to Tewantin, a Mountain with a large rocky outcrop came into view, this was Mt. Tinbeerwah. Following a steep, windy road, we drove quite a way up the mountain side until we reached a parking area & Toilets.
After parking the car, the next stop was the notice board which gave me a description of the tracks, and what wildlife, birdlife, and flora I may hopefully see! I also read the Mountain is used for abseiling.
Heading up the track, I was surprised that it was a good concrete path, and where there wasn’t concrete, I walked over the natural rocky outcrop. On the way up, I came across a legless Lizard, [looks similar to a Snake] on the middle of the path. I stopped for "breathers" along the way, and at the same time, took photo opportunities of the far reaching views of Lakes & beautiful farmland.
On reaching the top, I climbed the fire tower to the first level, the higher levels were closed to the public. Mt Tinbeerwah was created by volcanic activity millions of years ago and is 265 metres high. Views from here are far reaching and fantastic! You can see the ocean, Noosa, the Noosa River and Mountains.
Heading back down the path, I was nearly at the bottom, when an Eastern Brown Snake slithered across the track at a fast speed, obviously, he had felt my vibrations. This was April and a warm day, so keep your eyes open when walking here!
About a 45min return walk.
If you have your own transport, try and come here, to me, it’s a MUST VISIT!
This website gives information on abseiling on Mt. Tinbeerwah.......
Before you start walking the trails, take the time to go to the National Park Information centre. There is a souvenir shop selling a good selection of Aussie souvenirs, including a good selection of Boomerangs.
Out the front, is a noticeboard which has written on it what & where wildlife has been spotted that day, CHECK THIS OUT!
On our visit, Dolphins were seen and a Koala near the Boiling pot, so we did find the Koala up the Tree, right on the edge of the path.
The Noosa Marina is actually located at Tewantin, situated on the picturesque Noosa River.
A specialty restaurant overlooks a forty berth marina, catering for breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinner. There are also a number of specialty shops, including a privately operated gallery featuring continuous solo exhibitions by well known regional artists.
Activities are available from the Marina, from deep sea and river fishing, cruises and self drive hire boats, even the latest houseboats for a different Noosa Holiday.
There are lawns and bbq's along the edge, and when we were there, we watched a yacht race, there is always something on here.
Just around the corner from the Tewantin Information Centre is the 'THREE IN ONE TREE'
This tree is actually made up of three different Trees. It is signposted, and tells you what three trees. Take the time to go and have a look, it is amazing, because it is nature at work!
This cute little building is stocked full of information & brochures on the area. Inside, the ladies on duty were knowledgable and very friendly and helpful. The centre also has old photos lining the walls showing the history of the area.
Stop in, and pick up your FREE BROCHURES & MAPS
This look-out you can either walk or drive to to, we chose the latter. It is located at the top of Noosa Hill and has spectacular views of Laguna Bay and the surrouding area which include miles of pristine beaches and ocean.
This lookout is another one that is a MUST VISIT
To get to Laguna Lookout, from Noosa Heads drive down Noosa Dr and turn left into Viewland Dr.
On the Noosa National Park Trail, you will come across an area of coastline called the “Boiling Pot.’ Looking over the edge, the sea was boiling in this rugged and rocky area.
The sea came in, and in one area, it was a bit like a Blowhole, the sea filled it, and then it emptied very quickly, like there was a hole underneath the rocks so it could escape. Further on, more rocky coastline, then Beach and surf, with plenty of surfer’s riding the waves
Noosa is the home of the Big Pineapple. It is a tourist/family place to spend a nice couple of hours. There is a lovely little bush walk. They have animals and you can feed the large fish. There's also a train ride and large gift shop and restaurant. The kids really enjoyed the place :o)
December 2009 update. Sadly I have heard that the Big Pineapple is in receivership. I do hope that someone buys it and keeps it running. It has always been a great Noosa icon and not only that, but part of the great Aussie 'Big' things...like the big Banana and big Prawn.
Noosa National Park is an area you should visit if you are at Noosa.
There are many walking trails, of all levels and distances.
I have only walked the Coastal track, which is 5.4km return (Allow 1.5-2.5 hours) , but there are quite a few other trails.
The track follows the shoreline over several headlands, and you get to see some gorgeous little coves.
Spectacular views can be seen from several lookouts along the track, which ends on a high bluff at Hell's Gates.
This is a really nice walk, take your time and enjoy it!
If you come by car, make sure it is locked and that there aren't any valuables left in it, or in sight.
Australia Zoo was of course championed by Steve Erwin, who sadly passed away in 2006 due to a stingray. It's a fantastic zoo to view of Australia's unique wildlife, and many other animals from other parts of the World also, and get up and close to many of them too!
There are regular Crocodile Shows, Tiger Shows, Elephant feeding shows, the Asian small-clawed Otters, Kid's bottle feeding, Camel feeding and more!
Another really big treat was to walk through the Kangaroo enclosure and getup and close to them. You may even say "hello" to these beautiful animals and pat them. I found the bigger Red Kangaroos to have very soft fur, so don't miss out on this unique experience!
To get there, from Noosa, we hired a car, drove to the Zoo, saw the Big Pineapple and drove to Maroochydore Airport that evening. It's about an hour or so from Noosa and the same from Brisbane.
There is also a bus from Noosa (departs Noosa at 8:30am from the Noosa Heads Bus Stop (Noosa Parade)) and other parts of the Sunshine Coast.
From Brisbane, there is a daily bus departing at 9:00 am.
The Laguna Lookout situated on the hill overlooking Noosa Heads gives you a panoramic view of the ocean, town and national forest including the mountains in the distance. The lookout is a 5 minute drive from Hastings street , for those wishing to walk there is a pathway100 metres from the corner of Hastings Street and Noosa Drive which enables you to enjoy the bush and views, with several rest stations along the way.
The town was full for this weekend, the first in September, so book your accommodation early. Some restaurants commence entertainment on the Thursday night but the street parade to open the weekend festival is held mid Friday morning, Hastings Street is closed to traffic and pavement packed with onlookers. The Queensland Government supports this event through "Queensland Events".
These markets located in the hinterland less than a 20 minute car drive from Noosa are well worth the effort to visit. We visited on a Saturday and could not believe the size of the market, people everywhere. There was a tremendous variety of stalls, including arts & crafts, boutiques selling clothes for all sizes and shapes, beads and jewellery, plenty of food stalls and restaurants to enjoy whilst having a break from shopping.
These markets are open on Saturday and Wednesday, if you pass the area on another day you will see nothing except a vacant paddock. You can easily spend 3 or 4 hours at these markets.
The waves keep rolling in at Noosa Heads, just a nice size to enjoy, not the huge monsters that can leave you bruised and battered.
It is an ideal beach if you want to learn or just enjoy board riding, and if you are a bodysurfer there are plenty of waves to enjoy close to shore. If you are not used to surf, be cautious, stay between the flags which indicate the safe areas which are patrolled by lifesavers.
Always apply sunscreen to exposed flesh, otherwise you will get badly sunburnt, enjoy several hours on the beach , the water is very refreshing.
The surf club overlooks the beach and is where the lifesavers house their equipment, traditional surf boats and the more modern powered rescue boats.
The balcony is one of the best places to view the surf and beach activity, at the same time you can enjoy coffee and cake or a beer.
At the southern end of the beach there are koala bears in the bushland, you may be lucky and see one.